lightning strike


British : a strike by workers that is done very suddenly
: an occurrence of something being hit by lightning
The forest fire was caused by a lightning strike.

Examples of lightning strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between 1989 and 2018, the U.S. averaged 43 lightning strike deaths per year, but from 2009 to 2018. Austen Erblat, CBS News, 26 May 2024 The second phase, E2, produces current similar to that of a lightning strike. IEEE Spectrum, 25 May 2024 On June 5, a storm chaser captured video of a massive lightning strike in the Catalinas that soon would wind the lockdown more tightly. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 The test aims to confirm that the plane is properly grounded against electrical currents like a lightning strike. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 7 May 2024 Anyone who watches the moon glide over the sun on April 8 will be witnessing the planetary version of a lightning strike. Adam Frank, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2024 On April 8, anyone who watches in wonder as the moon silently glides over the sun will be witnessing the planetary version of a lightning strike. Adam Frank, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2024 His office blames a heat wave for surging demand, as well as events out of the municipal government's control — like a lightning strike at a water pump station at the start of March. Kate Bartlett, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 Where lightning strikes: States with the highest lightning density Last year, there were more lightning strikes in Texas overall last year, but Florida frequently has the highest lightning strike density in the U.S. – that's, more lightning strikes per square kilometer in the state. USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2024

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“Lightning strike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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